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adj. [mysticus, Latin.]
  1. Sacredly obscure.

    Let God himself that made me, let not man that knows not himself, be my instructor concerning the mystical way to heaven. Hooker, b. i.

    From salvation all flesh being excluded in this way, God hath revealed a way mystical and supernatural. Hooker, b. i.

  2. Involving some secret meaning, emblematical.

    Ye five other wandr'ing fires! that move
    In mystick dance not without song, resound
    His praise, who out of darkness call'd up light.

    It is Christ's body in the sacrament and out of it; but in the sacrament not the natural truth, but the spiritual and mystical. Taylor's Worthy Communicant.

    It is plain from the Apocalypse, that mystical Babylon is to be consumed by fire. Burnet's Theory of the Earth.

  3. Obscure; secret.

    Lest new fears disturb the happy state,
    Know, I have search'd the mystick rolls of fate.

Sources: Burnet, Thomas (45) · Dryden, John (788) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Milton, John (449) · Taylor, Jeremy (57)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Latin (690)

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